Surface Metrology: a primer with Biosystems applications


SEM of southern red oak (Quercus falcata sp.)

This coming Thursday, March 30th, I will be delivering a seminar in the department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. I plan to cover some fundamentals of surface metrology, some of the more recent approaches and a few applications, including the topographical scanning of fossilized dinosaur teeth, leaves, wood surfaces as well as algal system substrata. Please join us form 12-1 pm in Corley Building #302.

Research group Holiday gathering

pic3We celebrated the end of another productive semester with a potluck-style gathering with all the doctoral students, teaching assistants and their families. A wonderful assortment of Iranian, Latin American and Chinese dishes of were attacked mercilessly by all. Thanks for another productive term and enjoy a safe Holiday.

Manjinder receives 2016 Master Thesis Research Award!

manjManjinder Kaur, a researcher from our 3D Printed Biosurfaces lab and who graduated with a Masters Degree in Biosystems Engineering this past summer, received the 2016 Master Thesis Award from Auburn University. Her work titled “Effect of Substratum Topography on Algal Turf Colonization and Productivity under Different Nutrient Conditions”, chaired by Dr. Blersch, was one of five campus-wide theses selected for this prestigious award. Her work will be entered to the Master Theses Award competition sponsored by the Conference of Southern  Graduate Schools. Congrats to Manjinder, well deserved!

Dr. Kardel heading to Georgia!

Pic 1Kamran Kardel successfully defended his dissertation this past June and went through his doctoral hooding ceremony at the commencement exercises this past weekend. Dr. Kardel is joining the faculty ranks at the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Congrats!

Fellowship at NASA

This summer 2016, I will be a faculty fellow at NASA Marshal Flight Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I will be working with with their fantastic team in the ISM (In-Space Manufacturing) program which aims at supporting deep space missions beyond LEO (such as the Evolvable Mars Campaign) with manufacturing capabilities in microgravity/zero G environments. I look forward to sharing some of these experiences with my additive manufacturing class this fall 2016!

End of the Year – Group Cookout


Right to left: Eric Vogt, Stephanie Gray, Dr. David Blersch, Joseph Ekong, Gabriel Proano, MinHong Jian, Manjinder Kaur, Ali Khoshkhoo, Michael McClay, Kamran Kardel, John, Bakr Nassief, and yours truly.

For a third year in a row – which I guess makes it a tradition – we celebrated another productive academic year on May 9th. Hosted once again at “Casa Carrano”, our group consisting of Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Senior Design teams and doctoral/master students and their respective families enjoyed awesome food, drinks and displayed some truly terrible ping pong and basketball skills.

Good fun, thanks for another great year.


Dr. Chan Park retires!


Selfie with Dr. Park

I had the pleasure to attend Dr. Park’s retirement reception at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference center last night. Dr. Park, one of the few remaining academic giants in Industrial Engineering and author of many, many books in Engineering Economy (just go to Amazon and see how many!) retires after 36 years on the faculty at Auburn Engineering. It was an honor to serve on the faculty along with him for few years. Best wishes!.

EPA Senior Design Featured in News

The EPA senior design team project was featured in the news by Auburn University. The vignette can be accessed here. Also, additional pictures can be accessed in the following gallery.

In addition, the senior design team team created a website featuring the project. I particularly like that you can get to meet the team members a bit more. Please visit this website here.

EPA Senior Design Team Poster Session

The EPA P3 Senior Design team composed of 4 Industrial and Systems Engineering and 3 Biosystems Engineering students (co-advised by Dr. Blersch and I) presented their posters in Shelby Engineering to the ISE Alumni Council as well as their peers on Friday May 29th. Their counterparts in Biosystems Engineering also successfully defended the project before a panel of faculty on the same morning at CASIC. Good job to all and congratulations on their graduation!


Right to left: Bakr Nassief, Zane Trott, Stephanie Gray, Michael McClay and me

EPA P3 Exhibition: 3D-Printed Biofilter Media

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Auburn EPA P3 Team (L-R): Olivia Elliott, Ann Nunnelley, Zane Trott Jr. Michael McClay, Bakr Nassief, Stephanie Gray, Eric Vogt, Dr. David Blersch and Dr. Andres Carrano

A team of 7 Auburn undergraduate students from Biosystems and Industrial & Systems Engineering exhibited their work at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Expo in Washington DC (April 15-17, 2016). Their work was in modern 3D-printed biofilter media was very well received: their booth welcomed more than 3,000 people!. An outstanding job by this young crop of Auburn engineers.

The story was featured on May 3rd in an university news vignette. You can access the story here.